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UCC/BSS co-production of Sam Shepard’s True West runs until Sunday

true-westSam Shepard is one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century and True West is the playwright/actor’s masterwork. The play appeared in 1981, soon after the Reagan years began in the United States and not long after Richard Nixon resigned as president in the wake of Watergate. The play takes place in southern California, still the mythic location of the Gold Rush, Hollywood and the American Dream; it includes humour and culminates in confrontation. And there are also more toasters in True West than in any other American play.

True West examines a clash of ideas and values between brothers Austin, a screenwriter (Theo Iordache, IB2) and Lee, a drifter (Devin Lee, IB1). Finding his way into the mix is Saul Kimmer, a Hollywood producer (Charlie Hughes, IB1); and eventually “mom” (Naomi Chen, Grade 11), mother of Austin and Lee, appears on the scene as well. The intimate lecture theatre places the audience in the middle of the maelstrom.

Tickets are $10 and will be available in the student centre. The show runs tonight through Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. This is the first play of the year in the UCC/BSS co-curricular theatre program and the team working on this project, students and faculty, will deliver the unexpected. Please note there is a content and language advisory in effect for this show; it’s recommended for students in Year 1 and up.

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